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Flu shots available to Upstate community
Upstate’s flu shot clinics are open to anyone with an Upstate ID. Visit Flu Clinics for up–to-date information on flu and for the clinic schedule.
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MedTech Member MeetUp is Feb. 15
The MedTech Member MeetUp will be held Thursday, Feb. 15 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Neuroscience and Physiology Building in the Upstate campus. Presenters include Mark Polhemus, Barry Knox, Brian Rieger, and Quadrant Biosciences CEO Richard Uhlig. Registration is required and this program is open to MedTech Members only. Upstate is a member of MedTech. Registration is $35 per person. Register online by Feb. 12 at https://www.medtech.org/events/show/member-meetup-at-suny-upstate-medical-university-439.
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Stop the Bleed Blackboard skills session is Feb. 16
A skills session for employees who have completed the Stop the Bleed Blackboard course UH34834 will be held Friday, Feb. 16 from 8 a.m. to noon in the Small Cafeteria at Upstate University Hospital’s Downtown Campus. Bring Blackboard completion certificate, demonstrate direct pressure, wound packing and tourniquet application to receive a course completion certificate. The skills demonstration will take 10 to 15 minutes per person. For more information, email Jerome Morrison at morrisje@upstate.edu.
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College of Graduate Studies Distinguished Alumni Lecture is Feb. 16
The College of Graduate Studies will host the Distinguished Alumni Lecture Friday, Feb. 16 at noon in 2231 Weiskotten Hall. Sami Noujaim, PhD, University of South Florida, will present “From Potassium Channel Structure to the Human Heart: How an Antimalarial Became and Antiarrhythmic.” Noujaim earned his PhD at Upstate, with thesis sponsor Jose Jalife. For more information, call Terri Brown at 464-4541.
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Volunteers sought for painting at Chadwick Residence Feb. 23 and March 2
Upstate employees are invited to help paint at Chadwick Residence, Upstate’s 2018 Your Cause partner, Feb. 23 and March 2 in three shifts: 9 a.m. to noon, noon to 3 p.m., and 3 to 6 p.m. To volunteer, email Kay Magnarelli at magnarek@upstate.edu. If you have a Team Upstate shirt, please bring and wear while volunteering. Chadwick Residence is a local 501C3 charity providing supportive housing and a variety of professional services for homeless women and their children in a supportive environment that empowers them to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to increase their self-sufficiency.
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Screening of “Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic” is Feb. 28
This documentary, narrated, by Vanessa Williams, looks into the lives of women affected by the HPV virus, and is a story of survivorship. The film will be shown Feb. 28 in 2231 Weiskotten Hall and is open to the Upstate community and the public. Following the film there will be time for questions and answers. Sign in for the event is from 5 to 5:30 p.m.; the film starting at 5:30 p.m. Please register for the screening by calling Upstate Connect at 315-464-8668. For more information, email Cindy Paikin at paikinc@upstate.edu. The screening is sponsored by the Onondaga County Health Department in collaboration with the Department of Public Health and  Preventive Medicine. View the film’s trailer here: https://www.hpvepidemic.com/trailer
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Applications for Advocates grant funding accepted through Feb. 28
The Advocates for Upstate Medical University grant funding applications for 2018-19 will be accepted through noon Feb. 28. Applications for grants of up to $10,000 will be accepted. The majority of the grants awarded are between $100 and $3,000. All departments and programs affiliated with Upstate are eligible to apply. Applications are available at www.upstate.edu/advocates or by contacting Susan York at 315-464-5610 or yorks@upstate.edu.
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Medical Students, Red Cross team up for Blood Drive Feb. 28
Upstate medical students and the American Red Cross will hold a blood drive Wednesday, Feb. 28 from noon to 5 p.m. in 3105 Weiskotten Hall. To schedule an appointment, email Mary Dacosta at dacostam@upstate.edu.
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Dearing Writing Award Competition submissions due March 9
The Center for Bioethics and Humanities 32nd annual Dearing Writing Award Competition is open to all Upstate matriculated students, residents, employees, and faculty. Submissions in any subject matter are due March 9. Entries are welcome in fiction, essay, poetry, and memoir. Two copies are required. Included in the first copy should be: writer’s name, address, telephone number, and category. Students should indicate their college and class year. The second copy should include only the title and category with the work. One entry is allowed per writer. Essays should be no more than 2,500 words double-spaced. Email submissions to Jessica DeJohn Barbuto at barbutoj@upstate.edu. Awards will be presented April 25. Student winners will receive a monetary award; faculty/employee winners will receive gift certificates. All submissions receive consideration for the Center for Bioethics and Humanities annual journal, The Healing Muse. For more on the publication, visit www.thehealingmuse.org.
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Recipes sought for cookbook project to benefit Upstate Nursing
Upstate’s Nursing Professional Development Systems Council seeks recipes for the third edition of One Cup of Patience, a cookbook project that benefits Upstate Nursing celebrations. Recipes from all Upstate staff, students and volunteers will be considered. If you use a recipe created by someone other than yourself, credit the original author or change the recipe to make it your own. Submit your recipes in a Microsoft Word document to Lisa Mitchell at mitchell@upstate.edu. The cookbook will be available for purchase Spring 2018.
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New York State and CSEA Partnership for Education and Training Spring 2018 Skills for Success courses announced
The New York State and CSEA Partnership for Education and Training has announced Spring 2018 Skills for Success courses aimed at providing CSEA-represented employees with the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to meet personal and professional development goals. Details are available online at https://www.nyscseapartnership.org/NYS-CSEA-Employees/Courses.cfm. Over 100 classes in 53 topic areas are scheduled statewide from January through May 2018. To increase participation in courses while limiting time away from the office and eliminating travel expenses, the partnership is offering 13 classes via webinar. Employees may enroll through the Statewide Learning Management System (SLMS) or by completing the course application form located on page 31 of the catalog. Information on how Upstate employees can register through the SLMS system are available online at www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/training/online_training.php. Select the link to GOER Online Learning (SLMS). For more information, call the New York State and CSEA Partnership for Education and Training at 518-486-7814 or email learning@nyscseapartnership.org. For areas outside the Capital Region call (800) 253-4332.
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Student Counseling Service seeks feedback
Upstate’s Student Counseling Service seeks feedback to improve its individual clinical services, outreach and prevention programs. All students are encouraged to complete a brief survey, even those who have never used the services. Responses are confidential and individually-identifying information will not be collected. The survey is available at: https://goo.gl/forms/cQR4f9PUOi7ptI1s2. Questions? Call Holly Vanderhoff at 315-464-3112.
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Upstate joins the American Public Health One Billion Step Challenge
The Upstate community-and your friends and family members-are welcome to join the Central New York Wanderers Team as part of the American Public Health One Billion Step Challenge. Steps can be entered manually or automatically with a synced device. To create a profile and join the team, visit https://stridekick.com/tc/apha18. The challenge runs through April 8 and is part of Upstate’s National Public Health Week. Questions? Email Cindy Paikin at paikinc@upstate.edu.
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February Monthly Challenge
The Well NYS Everyday Challenge for February is to participate in the Olympic Experience from Feb. 9 to 25. Challenge yourself, your family, your coworkers to think and act like an Olympic athlete. Participants who register and track their progress are eligible to win Gold for 16 days, Silver for 12 days and Bronze for 10 days. Online registration and more information is available at www.worklife.ny.gov/wellnyseveryday. For more information, email Suzanne Brisk at brisks@upstate.edu.
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HealthLink on Air features Upstate experts
Recent guests on HealthLink on Air include, from the Upstate Cancer Center, Leslie Kohman, MD, associate director for community outreach; and from the Upstate New York Poison Center, administrative director Michele Caliva and pubic education coordinator Lee Livermore. HealthLink on Air is a radio show and podcast produced by Marketing and University Communications and is available on iTunes and WRVO Public Media Sundays at 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. Complete shows and individual interviews are available at www.healthlinkonair.org.
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Nominations sought for the President’s Employee Recognition Awards
President’s Employee Recognition Award nominations are sought through April 6. Information and a downloadable PDF nomination form is available at the following Upstate intranet link: http://www.upstate.edu/president/awards/. Paper copies of the form will be sent to all departments. Awards will be presented at a ceremony on June 26. The six award categories are: Outstanding Diversity Contribution of the Year (Team), Community Service of the Year (Team and Individual), Team of the Year, Leader of the Year, Employee of the Year, Provider of the Year, Provider of the Year will be presented to a physician (MD, DO MBBS), nurse practitioner, or physician assistant who goes above and beyond their responsibilities in delivering healthcare. Please note that while faculty members are not eligible for individual awards, they may be included in team nominations.
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Volunteers needed for genetic child behavior research study
If you are the biological parent of a child between the ages of six to 12 years, you may be eligible to participate in an Upstate research study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Drs. Stephen Faraone and Stephen Glatt are studying new ways of classifying mental health disorders in children and looking to change the way that psychiatric disorders are understood and diagnosed in the future. To do this, genetic variation and basic cognitive abilities within families will be analyzed. The goal is to provide a better basis for a new diagnostic system that is less subjective than what is currently used. Plan is to recruit about 700 families (2,800 individuals), looking at a broad spectrum of childhood behaviors, from those children who are developing typically with no mental health concerns, and also those who may have any mental health concerns or behavioral problems. Parents and their children will complete a series of questionnaires and computer-based tasks, and provide a blood sample for genetic analysis. The study procedure takes up to three hours for the family. Each participant will be financially compensated. For more information and to enroll in the study, call Pat Forken at 315-464-5619.
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